• Short Summary

    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TROOPS AND RIOT POLICE KILLED 74 ADHERENTS OF THE FANATICAL LUMPA SECT IN AN ATTACK ON A VILLAGE WHERE HOSTAGES WERE BEING HELD NEAR LUNDAZI, 400 MILES (640 KILOMETRES) FROM LUSAKA IN EASTERN PROVINCE, N.

  • Description

    YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TROOPS AND RIOT POLICE KILLED 74 ADHERENTS OF THE FANATICAL LUMPA SECT IN AN ATTACK ON A VILLAGE WHERE HOSTAGES WERE BEING HELD NEAR LUNDAZI, 400 MILES (640 KILOMETRES) FROM LUSAKA IN EASTERN PROVINCE, N. RHODESIA.

    YESTERDAY'S OPERATION BRINGS THE CONFIRMED DEATHROLL IN EASTERN AND NORTHERN PROVINCE, WHERE THE DISTURBANCES BROKE OUT 13 DAYS AGO, TO 288.

    LUNDAZI WAS ATTACKED BY LUMPA CHURCH FOLLOWERS IN THE EARLY HOURS OF MONDAY MORNING. IT WAS THE FIRST INCIDENT IN THE AREA WHICH HAS A LARGE CONCENTRATION OF FOLLOWERS OF "PROPHETESS" ALICE LENSHINA WHO LEADS THE LUMPA CHURCH - A RELIGION WHOSE DOCTRINES ARE A MIXTURE OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND AFRICAN SUPERSTITION. IN A RAMPAGE THROUGH THE AREA AROUND LUNDAZI AT LEAST 150 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. IN LUNDAZI ALONE, 28 DIED.

    OUR CAMERAMAN ARRIVED ON MONDAY MORNING AFTER THE BATTLE AT THE SAME TIME TROOPS FROM CHINSALI, WHO WERE DIVERTED THERE WHEN NEWS OF THE ATTACK CAME THROUGH. TERRIFIED VILLAGERS WERE WANDERING AROUND THE TOWNSHIP SEEKING THE PROTECTION OF THE POLICE. THEY SAID 200 LUMPA FOLLOWERS HAD ATTACKED THE VILLAGE WITH CRIES OF "HALLELUJAH." THEY WERE ARMED WITH FIREARMS, AS WELL AS THEIR USUAL SPEARS, AXES, AND BOWS AND ARROWS. THE ASSAULT HAD APPARENTLY BEEN STAGED TO REVENGE A GOVERNMENT ATTACK ON LUMPA FANATICS AT SIONE VILLAGE.

    THE PREVIOUS DAY PRIME MINISTER, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA HAD OUTLAWED THE LUMPA SECT FOR AT LEAST A MONTH AND DECLARED THAT ITS LEADER, ALICE LENSHINA, WAS WANTED ON CRIMINAL CHARGES: "DEAD OR ALIVE."
    TROOPS AND POLICE ARE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO ROUND-UP MEMBERS OF THE LUMPA CHURCH AND FIND ALICE LENSHINA, WHOSE WHEREABOUTS ARE STILL UNKNOWN. SUCH IS THEIR SUPPORT FOR THEIR RELIGION THAT FEW LUMPA FOLLOWERS WILL SURRENDER. THEY CHARGE THE POLICE SCREAMING "JERICHO" - THE WORD THEY BELIEVE WILL BRING THEM PROTECTION FROM HEAVEN.

    TODAY DR. KAUNDA FLEW TO LUNDAZI TO INSPECT THE BATTLE SCENES AND SUPPORT HIS TROOPS IN THE EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE OUTRAGES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB39LTY5JE63407JF20GCPGTF6
    Media URN:
    VLVAB39LTY5JE63407JF20GCPGTF6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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